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Hill seeks midfield duo

Friday 6th July 2012
Keith Hill.

Signing a left winger and a creative central midfielder will be Keith Hill’s main  priorities when he comes back from Spain.


The manager is not planning to bring in any more players during the training camp in Benavista next week  but says he will have ‘one eye’ on other clubs’ dealings.


After missing out on Oliver Norwood – who joined local rivals Huddersfield Town last Friday – and seeing Jacob Butterfield move to Norwich City, Hill is keen to sign a midfielder with creative abilities.


He told the Chronicle that he is interested in Derby County’s James Bailey but has not decided whether to make a bid for the transfer listed 23-year-old.


He said: “I have not made an approach for James Bailey yet but he is a possible solution. I believe he could be the creative player I am looking for and I know he is available but I am mindful of my other options."


As for the left winger, Hill says he is prepared to wait until later on in the summer and possibly dip into the loan market. He has also reassured the other players in that position that he has a plan for them


“I am mindful of both Matty Done and Reuben Noble-Lazarus and they both know what I am thinking. I want someone left-footed on that wing but I know there will be players available for loan if I can’t get someone permanently.


Hill may also try to bring in another defender to organise his back four. He said: "I have talked before about what kind of player I want in defence and if someone like that becomes available for the right kind of money then I will take it to the board of directors and the owner and see if we can do a deal.


“There won’t be any more signings until we get back from Spain but we will have one eye on what other clubs are doing. We saw with the Jason Shackell situation last season that one transfer can lead to a chain reaction. Clubs need a certain amount of players in each position so one deal can lead to others. I am happy with the squad we are taking to Spain and I will hope to bring in at least two more players before we complete our pre-season.”